Over 40,000 miles, we never grew to love the taste of Evo Lite.
Date: May 2011
Months in Fleet: 16 months
Current Mileage: 40,026 miles
Average Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Average Range: 290 miles
Normal Wear: $0
When the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Subaru Impreza WRX first appeared in the U.S. early in the millennium, it wasn’t exactly a fair fight. The 227-hp Subaru started at less than $25,000, the 271-hp Evo nearly $30,000. Subaru countered the pricier, more powerful Evo with its STI, but it took Mitsubishi until 2009 to challenge the playful, middleweight WRX with the Lancer Ralliart sedan—or Evo Lite, as we call it. Subaru offers WRX buyers both four- and five-door configurations, though, and Mitsu needed one more year to correct this imbalance by introducing the five-door Sportback Ralliart. With that army finally fully assembled, we ordered a Sportback for a 40,000-mile romp.
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